The methodological issues in the assessment of the quality and benefits of formal youth mentoring interventions - the case of the Czech Big Brothers Big Sisters/Pět P
Seidlová Málková, Gabriela
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Brumovská, Tereza, & Seidlová Málková, Gabriela. (2020). The methodological issues in the assessment of the quality and benefits of formal youth mentoring interventions - the case of the Czech Big Brothers Big Sisters/Pět P. In Òscar Prieto-Flores & Jordi Feu Gelis (Eds.), Mentoring Children and Young People for Social Inclusion: Global Approaches to Empowerment. London: Routledge.
Mentoring is a social phenomenon naturally occurring in the networks of human relationships. The systematic implementation of mentoring principles into the mentoring directed programmes creates a powerful tool for social systems in modern societies. Research on the quality of mentoring relationships and on the efficacy of mentoring programmes helps to understand principles that mediate children s and youths positive development and well-being. Of course, evaluations of the efficacy of mentoring programmes is needed to secure powerful strategies of using mentoring services in social and educational systems. Until now most of the research on mentoring programmes efficiency was conducted following the principles of quantitative methodological approaches. The results of these studies bring the assurance on the importance and benefits of mentoring programmes for prevention or even for intervention on various kinds of developmental issues of vulnerable children or youths. At the same time, there is a growing interest in research on exploring mechanisms bringing or mediating benefits of mentoring programmes for various kinds of target groups. We argue that the qualitative and interpretative methodological approaches are especially suitable for this kind of research. Besides, to demonstrate the evolution of the methodology preferred in research on mentoring we present the case of the research studies conducted in the Big Brothers Big Sisters/Pet P youth mentoring programme between 2003 2017 in the Czech Republic. As a country, the Czech Republic has a relatively short tradition in mentoring research, thus intensively absorbing experience from international research in the field. We outline the story about the research on assessing the efficacy of mentoring programmes starting from quantitative questionnaire surveys up to the preference of the longitudinal interpretive phenomenological analysis study to determine mentoring relationships and interventions and their quality. We conclude the chapter with recommendations for future research and praxis in the field.
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